LGBT+ History Month

February is LGBT+ History Month, a time to celebrate the fantastic contributions that LGBT+ people have made to our society. You can find our more about national LGBT+ History Month by clicking here . The theme for 2022 is Politics in Art. On this page we are going to list all the events that we know are happening in Norfolk. If you’re organising an event and would like us to publicise it on our website and socials please email our Communications Lead shell@norwichpride.org.uk

Celebrating LGBT History Month in Schools
Nick O’Brien, our Education Lead at Norwich Pride, has created a Powerpoint lesson for schools.

Page from the Powerpoint introducing the theme and artists

We’ve got loads more resources that we have created to help schools teach pupils LGBT+ awareness and the importance of Pride. Email education@norwichpride.org.uk for more information and to join our Teachers’ Network.

Dates for your diary: Norwich Pride Schools Week 2022 is from Monday 27th June to Friday 1st July


LGBT+ History Month Wrap Up Event
Sunday 27th February 5-7pm
at The Maddermarket Theatre bar area
Free event organised by Norwich Pride – all welcome!

Join us for our afternoon event that will be showcasing the diversity of our community’s history, see the wonderful Pride Patchwork, hear from guest speakers and find out more about taking part in Norwich Pride and increasing representation.
• plus special guest appearance from teen drag sensation Miss Frou Frou
• the bar will be open for refreshments
• our pop-up Pride Shop will be open raising funds


Storytime with Auntie Titania
Sunday 27th February at 2.30pm
Books For Amnesty, St Benedict’s Street in Norwich.
Titania Trust will be be reading from (with an intro from the author herself!)
‘The Same But Different’. It’s a free event and all are welcome.



Writing Workshops in Schools
Eastenders writer James McDermott is offering interactive writing workshops in schools where students can learn tools and techniques to help generate and structure stories and explore, assert and celebrate their identities and heritage through creative writing. There will also be an opportunity to discuss how to start and sustain a career as a writer. The writing workshops can be themed depending on the demands of the school. Find our more about James and contact him for costs via his website: www.jamesmcdermottwriter.weebly.com

The Pride Patchwork
1st – 28th February
Check out our LGBT+ History Month social media posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Each day in February we will be featuring a patch from the Pride Patchwork created by the Sew Gay group. The Pride Patchwork celebrates 60 years of LGBT history in a quilt. Norwich Pride historian Stevie Savage will pick a patch every day and tell us a little bit of the history it captures.

Out in the Picture
An exhibition of Self Portraits by LGBTQ+ Artists, 1 – 12 February 
Anteros Arts, 11-15 Fye Bridge Street, Norwich NR3 1LJ 
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am-4pm. 

Opening event Thursday 3 February 6-8pm

‘Out In The Picture’, curated by Rachel Collier-Wilson, is an exhibition of self portraits by emerging and internationally established Norfolk based artists who identify as LGBT+. Rachel explains:

“I wanted to provide a space for artists who identify as LGBT+ to acknowledge their place in our rich and diverse history and to celebrate LGBT+ History Month. 

LGBT+ History Month is an annual event to celebrate and educate regarding diversity and inclusion. As LGBT+ people, we are often ‘othered’ or left out of the picture. The Out In the Picture exhibition provides a space where we can put ourselves in the frame. Artists play a vital part in documenting history and, through self-portraits, artists can site themselves wherever they want to be seen.”

Poster with details of the exhibition

Sign up for the free workshop Exploring Gender Dysphoria and Ambiguity in the Queer Self-Portrait on Saturday 5th February via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/exploring-gender-dysphoria-and-ambiguity-in-the-queer-self-portrait-tickets-251344166167


Outrageous! The Story of Section 28
Monday 7 February, 7.30pm, Ground Floor, Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library.

In his new book Outrageous! Paul Baker tells the story of Section 28: the law passed in 1988 forbidding local authorities from teaching ‘the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship’. It sent shockwaves through British society, silencing gay pupils and teachers while galvanizing mass protests and the formation of the LGBTQ+ rights groups OutRage! and Stonewall. Join Paul as he delves into the details behind this infamous Act: its background, how the press and politicians wrote and spoke about it, how protestors fought back and its eventual legacy.

Book tickets via EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/outrageous-the-story-of-section-28-tickets-249157094577


DEADNAMED
Friday 11th February, St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth
click here to buy tickets

Ever wondered what people would say about you if you weren’t here? What impact have you had on their lives? Which stories would they tell? Perhaps there’s only one way to know for sure – hold your own funeral! After coming out as a trans man, Dian Cathal noticed how a lot of mainstream language around coming out as transgender was about loss for the person’s family and friends, as if the person they knew had, well, you know…

So, he’s throwing his own funeral tonight, and you’re all invited! Well, a funeral for his ‘old self’ at least. Join him in this hilarious yet heart-wrenching theatre-comedy show about identity, family, language and mayhem, which ultimately ends on a note of hope.

The Norwich Drag Pageant
Friday 11th February, 8pm at the Norwich Arts Centre
Click here to buy tickets

Six rising stars will go head to head in an epic drag showdown with a festive twist, to battle it out for the crown. Runways will be walked, lips will be synced and mascara will run – as we crown Norwich’s next drag superstar! Hosted and created by Norwich drag royalty, Moth and Liv. This competition champions all expressions of drag artistry and will feature an inclusive cast of fierce competitors. In recent years the Norwich drag scene has become a beautiful melting pot for drag artistry and undergone a dazzling renaissance. Following the pageant, stay for a celebratory disco dance floor with DJ L U!


Opening Doors Get-Togethers for LGBT+ people with learning disabilities and autism
Mondays 14th and 21st February, 4pm, Online

This fabulous fortnightly group will have two special events for LGBT History Month. On 14th February Stevie Savage, Pride Historian, will do an introduction to LGBT history using the Pride Patchwork. On 28th February Pride Arts Champion Rachel Collier-Wilson will talk about LGBT+ artists and show their work. Email admin@openingdoors.org.uk to find out more about the group.

Colourful poster with the times and dates of the meetings


Proud Counsellors and Therapists
Wednesday 16th February, 7-8pm, Online

A monthly queer peer network for counsellors and therapists who identify as LGBTQ+. The group was created as part of the Norwich Pride 2021 celebrations. This month we will be considering how we and our clients bring LGBT+ history into the therapy room. For more information and an invitation to our online event email:
hello@traceywoolfcounselling.com

Ali Marron, LGBTQ History Month Art Exhibition
8th-22nd February 2022, Anteros Arts Foundation Gallery Window, 11-15 Fye Bridge Street, Norwich NR3 1LJ 

I’m Ali Marron an LGBTQ artist working from my studio in Anteros Arts Foundation. An exhibition of my work is going on show in Anteros Arts Foundation Gallery Window for LGBTQ History Month including a preview of one of my Bi Icons Project Portraits, Frida Kahlo and an enormous rainbow heart!

My art instagram is @ali.marron.art.studio

Frida Kahlo portrait

Norwich Pride on the River of Love Procession
Saturday 19th February, 6-7pm
We were delighted to be asked by City Hall to create rainbow love hearts for the River of Love Procession as part of the Love Light Norwich Festival. Our Arts Champion Rachel Collier-Wilson has been working with the award-winning Norwich Dandies to create 8 giant hearts and dozens of smaller ones. This LGBT+ History Month, let’s celebrate Love is Love. We need 70 volunteers to carry the lanterns. Can you help? More details on our Volunteer Page

Poster for callout for volunteers - includes images of cartoon figures carrying hearts

MSK Radio Show LGBT History Month Special
Tuesday 22nd February, 7.30pm, online
To Celebrate LGBT+ HISTORY MONTH this Tuesday we will be playing all your requests’ LGBT+ artistes & allies plus a brilliant #PARTY4 from #ELIZABETHSHORT#LEADPROGRAMMING#NORWICHPRIDE
#MSKSHOW MSK makes POPTUESDAY the new Saturday! 
Complete with all the usual 80s, 90s, and 00s remixes and requests, News & Reviews , Star signs, What’s Happen K? and TV tips and bits’ this show is a two hour parttty!!! Tune in every Tuesday Live from 7.30pm and listen via the Simple Radio, Online Radio Box, myTuner Radio and Streamitter.com apps and all Smart Radio Devices. You can even command Alexa to ‘Enable Brickies Radio’ and magic things will happen! Head over to radio.thebrickmakers.com and click on the pink chat button to chat to MSK live on air every Tuesday from 7pm. 


Sing with Pride LGBT+ History Month Workshop
Thursday 24th February from 7-9pm at the Hamlet Children’s Centre. Sing old LGBT+ anthems with new friends at the Sing with Pride LGBT+ History Month workshop. Email info@singwithpride.org.uk to book your place.

Colourful poster with event details

Proud Pooches LGBT+ History Month Stroll
Sunday 27th February, 11am, Waterloo Park
The Proud Pooches who first met as part of the Norwich Pride 2021 celebrations are having a LGBT+ History Month stroll in Waterloo Park. Meet at the cafe. Proud Pooches are a friendly, informal group and all dog owners are responsible for their own pets. The portrait of author Radclyffe Hall with her proud pooch Colette is by Rachel Collier-Wilson.

Poster featuring line drawing of Radclyffe Hall with her dog Colette